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    Winter Park’s Vasquez Ridge Territory [Video]

    Feb 22 | 175 Views | No Comments

    Leave civilization behind in this video from Winter Park as one snowboard explores the Vasquez Ridge Territory, the place to go to get away from it all. Drop in from the top of the Pioneer Lift and leave civilization behind...

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    Buttermilk Mountain Uphill Weekend

    Feb 22 | 417 Views | No Comments

    Buttermilk Ski Area Reopens with Full Services for Uphilling Apr. 8–9 The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company are partnering to extend the season for uphilling by hosting a full weekend of free access at Buttermilk Mountain the weekend of Apr. 8-9. Although the lifts will not be running, crews...

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    Top Tips for Turning Kids into Slope Potatoes

    Feb 22 | 256 Views | No Comments

    Use these strategies for getting kids off the couch—and onto the chairlift. Lifelong skiers and snowboarders know that snowsports have the power to inform your life, transform your mindset, and bond families and friends. Anyone who has set metal edge to snow and felt the near frictionless thrill...

  • Little Lightning’s Trip to Arapahoe Basin

    on November 15 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding, Summer | by | with Comments Off on Little Lightning’s Trip to Arapahoe Basin

    Emma's ipod 072Hi, it is Little Lightning here again and I am so excited because I had my first awesome day of skiing with the 5th grade passport program! My Dad and I went last weekend to A-Basin and had a wonderful day! I will definitely be going back to ski there again soon.

    Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin for short as it is known to the locals, was the first resort to open this season.  It was also the first place I ever skied back when I was 3 years old. Some of you may wonder why people call Arapahoe Basin “the Legend”.  I was told that people in the old days would say the skiing was legendary and so that is how the phrase came to life.

    Not all the trails were open at A-Basin last weekend and that didn’t matter because we were still able to ski Lenawee Face, Dercums Gulch, Ramrod, High Noon, and my Dad’s favorite green trail in the whole wide world, Sundance.  It was a really nice day, and the customer service was amazing.  We were warmly welcomed by Arapahoe Basin staff from the parking lot, guest services, lifties, ski patrol and the workers in the lodges. Continue Reading

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  • The Art and Science of Making Snow

    on November 14 | in General, Summer, Video | by | with Comments Off on The Art and Science of Making Snow

    Ever wonder how the resorts are able to have such great conditions when Mother Nature is not cooperating? It is all due to the guys with the big guns and the big toys at the resorts, the snowmakers! Check out what it takes to be one of the first resorts in the nation to open and how they maintain those conditions into the summer.

    Loveland’s Lead Snowmaker Mark Eldring takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation. He shows us how they blast the fluffy white stuff into the air to build the base. Cold temperatures, low humidity and a little help from mother nature doesn’t hurt.

    Known for great early season conditions, Loveland is proud to offer locals a chance to warm up their legs to prepare for a long season ahead.

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  • Winter Park’s “Season of the Seven” Has Begun

    on November 13 | in Deals, Resorts | by | with Comments Off on Winter Park’s “Season of the Seven” Has Begun

    photo credit: Winter Park Resort

    photo credit: Winter Park Resort

    Earlier this morning, Winter Park Resort became the fifth Colorado Ski Country USA member resort to open for the 2013-14 season, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper Mountain, and Wolf  Creek. The Parkway, Porcupine, and Sorensen Park beginner trails are open, served by the Arrow, Endeavour, and Gemini Express lifts.

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    QuadGemini Express Open
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    This year, Winter Park is highlighting its seven distinct territories, each of which deliver a unique experience. From the expertly crafted moguls at Mary Jane to the steeps of The Cirque to the family-friendly cruisers at Winter Park, and everything in between, Winter Park’s seven territories offer something for everyone.

    To celebrate the Season of the Seven, Winter Park Resort is offering deals on lodging, lift tickets, the ski & ride school, rentals, food and beverage, and retail. Visit http://www.winterparkresort.com/en/seven-territories/season-of-the-seven/season-deals.aspx for more information.

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  • Mountains of Savings at the 2013 Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo

    on November 9 | in Deals, General, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off on Mountains of Savings at the 2013 Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo

    Mountain men and women from far and wide made the trek down to Denver for the 22nd annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo this weekend.

    Celebrating the start of the ski season, industry reps came armed with swag and updates on the season ahead, while shoppers came loaded with credit cards, ready to snatch up big savings.

    With impressive deals on last year’s gear and showcases full of this year’s gear, gearheads and gear wannabes mixed and mingled on the show floor. Enthusiasts enjoyed an array of activities ranging from the slackline demo and comp, a rock climbing wall, and a large mountain boarding arena.

    The resort and vendor tents were a big hit with the shoppers., many finding deals on lift tickets and free stickers and maps! Winter Park’s kid slope was a thrill for the little ones while the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest was a winner with the big kids. Partygoers toasted to the season over craft brews from local Colorado brewers.

    With several Colorado ski resorts open, and many more to follow in the coming weeks, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo offered shredders and rippers one last chance stock up on great deals for the season!

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  • Clearing the Smoke on Legalized Marijuana

    on November 7 | in Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Clearing the Smoke on Legalized Marijuana

    Colorado is known for our world class skiing. We have so much to offer skiers and snowboarders, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.

    Last November, Coloradans passed Amendment 64, a measure that amended our state constitution to legalize possession of marijuana. There have been lots of questions about what this means for skiers/riders and ski areas, so we thought we’d try to clear things up a bit.

    What Amendment 64 means is that people 21 years and older can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, the amendment specifically bans public consumption of the drug. Therefore, smoking marijuana at ski resorts is still illegal, just as it was before the amendment passed.

    Smoking marijuana in public places is illegal, and is clearly stated in the amendment. Public places include malls, stadiums, amusement parks, sidewalks, and ski resorts. There isn’t anywhere at a ski resort that is NOT public, inside or outside, it’s all open to the public, this includes the lift lines, on the chairlift, in the gondola, in parking lots, on the trail, in the woods next to the trail, on the deck of the lodge or on patios. The fact that smoking is not allowed at a ski resort is not new; this has always been the case, even before passing Amendment 64.

    Education is key. There is no reason guests should expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort. Just like knowing the weather and snow conditions before heading out to ski, knowing the law about smoking marijuana is important too. Resorts are working with their towns, chambers of commerce, community leaders and trade association to inform locals and visitors alike of the law surrounding smoking marijuana.

    Bottom line: Smoking marijuana in public is against the law, and always has been.

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  • Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts Enjoy Second Significant Snowstorm in a Week

    on November 6 | in General, Snow | by | with Comments Off on Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts Enjoy Second Significant Snowstorm in a Week

    Monarch Mountain

    Monarch Mountain

    A second significant fall snowstorm in the space of five days came through Colorado on Monday night and Tuesday, piling yet more snow on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski resorts.

    The weather system brought significant snowfall to the four CSCUSA resorts that have already opened to skiers and snowboarders. Wolf Creek, which has been open on the prior two weekends, reported nine inches of snow from this storm, building its base to 29 inches in advance of its planned November 9 opening for the duration of its 2013-14 season. Copper Mountain has accumulated seven inches in the last three days to add to its powdery opening day last Friday. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have both received five inches in the last three days and continue to build on impressive early-season snow conditions.

    This week’s storm blanketed much of the high country and helped build the bases of several Colorado Ski Country resorts that are planning to open in the coming weeks. Steamboat experienced the greatest amount of new snow from this weather system, with seventeen inches of powder in the last 48 hours, 29 inches in the last week, and 61 inches since October 1. Aspen/Snowmass accumulated twelve inches from this most recent weather system, bringing their total snowfall to 51 inches since October 1, while Sunlight received ten inches to bring their total for the week to fifteen inches. Monarch Mountain received eight inches from this most recent storm, Telluride took in seven inches, Winter Park received five inches, and Durango Mountain Resort had three inches.

    The next potentially major snow event is forecasted to arrive in Colorado Ski Country this Friday, November 8. Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report. Keep up to date on resort openings at http://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates.

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  • Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Arapahoe Basin

    on November 5 | in Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Arapahoe Basin

    EEGBTour2013ABasin 1[Editor’s Note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a two-week ski pilgrimage in Feb. 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between Colorado Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado Gems. Be sure to check out the FULL Gems & Brews Tour A-Basin report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]

    by: Bryon Dorr (http://www.ExploringElements.com)

    The “Legend” goes by many names, A-Basin, The Basin or its official title Arapahoe Basin. In the end, all you need to know is that this little mountain resort high above Denver, on the backside of Loveland Pass, is the place to find snow, amazing terrain and fun people for 9+ months a year! With a season that goes from October to June, and beyond, A-Basin has one of the longest ski seasons in the US and hosts one of the most rockin’ parking lot ski parties in the nation, “The Beach.” Continue Reading

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  • Copper Mountain is Open for the 2013-14 Season

    on November 1 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding, Video | by | with Comments Off on Copper Mountain is Open for the 2013-14 Season

    Photo credit: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Photo credit: Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    This morning, snowriders across Ski Country are celebrating Opening Day yet again as Copper Mountain opens for the 2013-14 season. The American Eagle, Excelerator, and Easy Rider chairlifts will be up and running, accessing the Main Vein, Rhapsody and Ptarmigan trails and the Woodward Eagle Terrain Park. Continue Reading

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  • Colorado Resorts Entice Visitors with Slew of Early Season Ski Deals

    on October 31 | in Deals, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Safety, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Colorado Resorts Entice Visitors with Slew of Early Season Ski Deals

    Photo credit: Rosanne Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area

    Photo credit: Rosanne Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area

    To tempt skiers and riders to make the most of the 2013-14 season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering significant early season discounts. CSCUSA resorts are committed to providing the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, value-packed and enjoyment-filled ski experience. By partnering with lodging properties and leveraging ski school programs, resorts are able to put together packages with benefits that include free hotel nights to free skiing. Below is a sampling of some of the early season deals offered by CSCUSA member resorts. Continue Reading

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  • Why Ski Early Season?

    on October 30 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Why Ski Early Season?

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    By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

    It was a gorgeous Saturday in October, with stunningly clear, deep blue Colorado sky, mountain temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s and not a breath of wind. It was a perfect day for mountain biking or hiking, raking leaves and carving pumpkins or walking the dog.

    But we didn’t do any of those things. We went skiing. (Sorry, dog.) Continue Reading

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